Paolo Gentiloni named new Italy prime minister
AFP, , Sunday 11 Dec 2016


Paolo Gentiloni was named Sunday as Italy's new prime minister following reformist leader Matteo Renzi's resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat.

Gentiloni, who had been Renzi's foreign minister, was asked by President Sergio Mattarella to form a new government that will guide Italy to elections due by February 2018, a presidency spokesman announced. Gentiloni, 62, is seen as a close ally of the outgoing premier.

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